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  • Perfect holiday for winter or anytime. Plan your Cairns, Port Douglas and Darwin escape today!

    This self-guided adventure starts by train from Brisbane to Cairns then takes you to Port Douglas and Darwin. Even if you have been here before you'll love going back. Exceptional value package with all train fares, flights to Darwin and home, Silver to Gold standard accommodation and heaps of activities. Feel the exhilaration of freedom! Limited rail-bed train seats so book today.

    Stroll the tree-lined streets of Palm Cove
    Stroll the tree-lined streets of Palm Cove
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    HIGHLIGHTS
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    AUD $2,399
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    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    This is not just accommodation and flights - this is an entire holiday prepared for you based on expert input and countless year's of travel experience. We take you to all the best places and put you right where you need to be to get the most outr of your trip to north.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $2,399pp twin-share [Save $1,292]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Hinterland towns
    • Special interest
    • Markets
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • New cultures
    • Wildlife

    Green Island Eco Adventure Tour

    Choose your own adventures along an idyllic tropical island paradise known as Green Island. Choose your own adventures from snorkelling spots, glass-bottom boat tours, a lounge-lined swimming pool and hours of sunshine.

    3 nights accommodation in Port Douglas

    Spend 3 nights relaxing in the quiet coastal town of Port Douglas. You'll be staying in top-class accommodation on or near the main street (Macrossan Street). Port has it all: relaxed character, friendly locals, the aquamarine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge and the palm fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach

    Spirit of Queensland train journey

    The Spirit of Queensland combines modern seating and entertainment options with the charm of long-distance rail travel. Contemporary, comfortable and designed for relaxation - perfect for your trip to Cairns.

    More trip highlights:

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    Litchfield and jumping crocs full day tour

    Your day trip starts on Adelaide River with the Jumping Crocodile cruise that gives you great views of the crocs. Continue into Litchfield National Park to cool off in swimming holes such as Florence Falls, Wangi Falls or Buley Rockhole, see the sculptural termite mounds and have a picnic lunch. Back in Darwin, watch the sunset at Mindil Beach while sipping a glass of champagne and nibbling prawn appetizers before returning to your hotel.

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    Darwin harbour dinner cruise

    The dinner cruise aboard the 'Charles Darwin' is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the famous Darwin sunset whilst enjoying a delicious Territory-style dinner with Australian seafood and local produce all in air-conditioned comfort. This two and a half hour sunset cruise is the perfect way to feed the family and enjoy the scenery.

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    World War II history tour

    Explore the World War II sites of Darwin on this city sightseeing and cruise tour. In February 1942, over 200 Japanese aircraft bombed Darwin - the largest attack on Australia ever. Experience this slice of World War II history with a guide. Cruise the harbor, where wartime wrecks remain; tour the Darwin Military Museum and its interactive Defence of Darwin exhibition; and explore Charles Darwin National Park.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From AUD $2,399pp twin-share [Save $1,292]
    • Return flights to Brisbane Domestic Airport (BNE)
    • 1 internal flight included
    • 11 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 13 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 4 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 scenic train trip

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    Ruby self-guided package
    Ruby Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From AUD $2,799pp twin-share [Save $1,716]
    • Return flights to Brisbane Domestic Airport (BNE)
    • 1 internal flight included
    • 11 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 13 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 5 excellent excursions and activities
    • 1 scenic train trip

    See full inclusions

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Not yet a member? Submit a booking enquiry for any package and we'll automatically register you to receive $3,000 in GCash travel credits and 90 days to book a trip. There's no obligation to book and you can cancel any time.

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    * Limits may apply to group bookings. Details will be provided at the time of final pricing.

    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

    Not yet a member?

    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

     

    We know you'll love this special holiday because it covers many of the best highlights of Far North Queensland and Darwin with fantastic included accommodation and activities. The train ride to Cairns is a great way to start a relaxing trip full of wonderful highlights. Been here already? These places you can experience over and over again.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $2,399pp twin-share [Save $1,292]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    "Unlock the gateway to Queensland's tropical north. Relax in style in gorgeous Port and do what the locals do in Darwin. Not to be missed."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

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    Spirit of Queensland train journey

    The Spirit of Queensland combines modern seating and entertainment options with the charm of long-distance rail travel. Contemporary, comfortable and designed for relaxation - perfect for your trip to Cairns.

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    2 nights accommodation in Cairns

    Gorgeous views of the ocean from your balcony

    Cairns is a modern and vibrant city and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Spend 2 nights staying right in the heart of the city.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.5+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    Green Island Eco Adventure Tour

    Very relaxed Green Island day tour

    Choose your own adventures along an idyllic tropical island paradise known as Green Island. Choose your own adventures from snorkelling spots, glass-bottom boat tours, a lounge-lined swimming pool and hours of sunshine.

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    4 days car hire

    Pickup your SUV hire car in Cairns and return to the pickup point after your time in Port Douglas. Includes Zero excess cover for peace of mind.

    Nissan Qashqai or similar; Suits max. 3 psns w/luggage; Auto, Air con. Zero excess applies.
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    3 nights accommodation in Port Douglas

    Unique Mediterranean-styled resort in the perfect spot for your holiday

    Spend 3 nights relaxing in the quiet coastal town of Port Douglas. You'll be staying in top-class accommodation on or near the main street (Macrossan Street).

    Apartment rated Gold standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+.
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    Flight to Darwin

    Enjoy today's flight to NT's capital city, Darwin. With waterfront dining, crocodile adventures, rich historical experiences and access to the Tiwi Islands all within a few minutes of the city centre, there's enough to do to fill a weekend or a week.

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    4 nights accommodation in Darwin

    Soak up the harbour views from your balcony

    Spend 4 nights in the Northern Territory's exciting urban capital, Darwin. You'll be staying in central, harbour view accommodation with included breakfast.

    Apartment rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast included.
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    Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

    Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

    'Charles Darwin' Sunset Dinner Cruise is a treat for the senses. The Territory-inspired banquet style dinner is perfect to share with your partner and/or friends.

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    Darwin hop-on hop-off bus

    Darwin hop-on hop-off bus

    Explore the sights from atop a double-decker bus and set your own pace around the Northern Territory's biggest town.

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    World War II tour and harbour cruise

    World War II tour and harbour cruise

    Explore the World War II sites of Darwin on this city sightseeing and cruise tour. Learn about Darwin’s strategic importance on a harbor cruise, travel back in time as you explore WWII underground bunkers. Includes 2-way transfers from CBD hotels.

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    Return flight home

    Fly home from Darwin after an unforgettable trip.

    Economy class; Up to 20kg checked-in luggage; Up to 7kg carry-on luggage.

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    Imagine starting your trip north in first-class relaxed comfort. No rush, just watch Queensland go by. Then you arrive in Cairns for the start of this wonderful itinerary that crosses between tropical paradises and the red desert and magic of central Australia. This really is a trip of a lifetime, right in our own back-yard.

    "It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

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    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $2,399pp twin-share [Save $1,292]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    DAY 1
    BRISBANE - CAIRNS (1 NIGHT)

    At the only place on Earth where two World Heritage sites collide, Cairns acts as a gateway to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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    Spirit of Queensland train journey

    Board the Spirit of Queensland for a relaxing train journey

    Begin the Northern Queensland portion of your holiday aboard the famed Spirit of Queensland. This is a modern rail travel experience offering a comfortable and convenient way to access spectacular holiday destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays, Townsville and Cairns and everywhere in between. Your journey to Cairns will be overnight, so settle into the comfort of your "Railbed" and enjoy the ride and amenities.

    See more information here.

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    DAY 2
    CAIRNS (2 NIGHTS)

    About today:

    The Red Arrow tropical rainforest walk

    Cairns is a subtropical paradise

    Disembarking the train in the late afternoon you'll take a cab to check-in to your hotel before strolling into the city centre for dinner at a local restaurant.

    Gorgeous views of the ocean from your balcony
    A great base from which to explore the area
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    2 nights accommodation in Cairns

    Cairns is a modern and vibrant city and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Spend 2 nights staying right in the heart of the city.

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    DAY 3
    CAIRNS

    About today:

    Visit NQ's Green Island

    A full-day of sightseeing ahead

    Today you have two choices of itinerary: You can visit Green Island for the day to choose your own adventures from snorkelling spots, glass-bottom boat tours, a lounge-lined swimming pool and hours of sunshine. This excursion offers plenty of activities to appeal to everyone.

    Alternatively, if you're up for something in the Cairns hinterland, you can embark on an exciting adventure through Atherton Tablelands, or paddleboard your way down Kuranda rainforest. We'll confirm your choice when you are ready to book this trip.

    Activities:

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    Green Island Eco Adventure Tour

    Choose your own adventures along an idyllic tropical island paradise known as Green Island. Choose your own adventures from snorkelling spots, glass-bottom boat tours, a lounge-lined swimming pool and hours of sunshine.

    (Included)
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    Atherton Tablelands Day Tour

    This day tour is all about fun, adventure, laughs and swimming in some of the best spots to visit in the Cairns area; like the natural rock slide at Josephine falls, Millaa Millaa falls, Dinner falls, the volcanic crater Lake Eacham & the half century old fig tree.

    (Optional AUD $114 Adult price)
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    Kuranda Rainforest Adventure Paddle

    A memorable experience in the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. There will be a short introduction to paddle boarding on the water and then once everyone is comfortable, the adventure begins.

    (Optional AUD $99 Adult price)
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    DAY 4
    CAIRNS - PORT DOUGLAS (3 NIGHTS)

    Clear blue waters, superb rainforest and a friendly village vibe make Port Douglas a popular beach holiday destination.

    Your hire car:

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    4 days car hire

    Pickup your SUV hire car in Cairns and return to the pickup point after your time in Port Douglas. Includes Zero excess cover for peace of mind.

    (Car type is subject to availability.)

    About today:

    Stroll the tree-lined streets of Palm Cove

    Set your sights on nearby Port Douglas

    After breakfast you'll pick up your hire car. In the morning you could visit some of the local Cairns attractions, including Kuranda, before taking the scenic drive to the chic, yet relaxed, sea-side village of Port Douglas, dropping in to Palm Cove along the way.

    After checking-in to your Port accommodation, spend the rest of the day exploring the town and simply relaxing. There are lots of restaurants and bars as well as fantastic boutique shopping to enjoy. There are also some great dining options in and near Macrossan Street (the main street). Palm-lined Four Mile Beach is just beautiful and great for morning or evening walks.

    Unique Mediterranean-styled resort in the perfect spot for your holiday
    Beautifully decorated accommodation in the heart of Port Douglas
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    3 nights accommodation in Port Douglas

    Spend 3 nights relaxing in the quiet coastal town of Port Douglas. You'll be staying in top-class accommodation on or near the main street (Macrossan Street).

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    Excess insurance cover

    In the event of an accident or vehicle theft you will be funded the excess amount charged by the car rental supplier. It provides you with hassle free extra cover when renting a car.

    (Optional AUD $120 Adult price)
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    DAY 5
    PORT DOUGLAS - DAINTREE RAINFOREST - CAPE TRIBULATION

    About today:

    Explore the beautiful Daintree National Park

    Enjoy the scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive

    Today is when you do the scenic drive to Cape Tribulation. Your first stop is Daintree Village. Stop for morning tea before continuing across the Daintree River to the famous Daintree National Park. This stretch is the final leg of the Great Barrier Reef Drive, taking you through two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

    The final destination for today is secluded Cape Tribulation with several perfect stops along the way. Relax on a white sandy beach and soak up the sun before beginning the journey back to Port Douglas.

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    DAY 6
    PORT DOUGLAS - MOSSMAN GORGE

    About today:

    Get back to nature at Mossman Gorge

    Hike, snorkel, and paddle-board your way through Mossman Gorge

    Take your time relaxing around "Port" this morning. Then later you could visit the famous Mossman Gorge. You can do this at your own pace, or you can do it alongside a knowledgeable guide. Snorkelling, stand-up-paddleboarding, or guided tours, however you choose to spend your day there's no doubt it'll be unforgettable.

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    Mossman Gorge River Drift Snorkelling

    Within an ancient rainforest, step into the cool, crystal clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle.

    (Optional AUD $105 Adult price)
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    Mossman Rainforest Magic SUP

    Explore the rainforests of the wet tropics on a guided stand-up paddle session through an environment that remains largely untouched.

    (Optional AUD $109 Adult price)
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    Mossman Gorge half-day tour

    Take your time to experience the wonders of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and discover pristine waterfalls, mountains, and vivid flora and fauna. Your experienced Indigenous guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, show you how to make bush soap and ochre paints.

    (Optional AUD $83 Adult price)
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    Full day reef trip from Port Douglas

    Jump into the Great Barrier Reef with this 8-hour cruise from Port Douglas. Snorkel at three breathtaking reef sites at the pristine Opal or Agincourt Reefs. Experience diverse marine life with great quality equipment and exceptional crew.

    (Optional AUD $281 Adult price)
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    DAY 7
    PORT DOUGLAS - CAIRNS - DARWIN (3 NIGHTS)

    From incredible sunset cruises and crocodile encounters to Asian food markets and open air movies, discover it all at Darwin, Australia's unhurried capital.

    About today:

    Darwin is an exciting urban hub

    We are off to Darwin this afternoon

    Say goodbye to Port Douglas this morning and return to Cairns for your flight to Darwin. Australia's only tropical capital city and gateway to the Top End, Darwin, on the traditional lands of the Larrakia, gazes out across the Timor Sea. It's closer to Bali than Bondi and certainly feels removed from the rest of the country, which is just how the locals like it.

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    DAY 8
    LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK

    About today:

    Tour the gorgeous Litchfield National Park

    Get back to nature as you explore Litchfield National Park

    Today you can stay in Darwin or join our Litchfield National Park tour. Litchfield is home to several stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools, iconic magnetic termite mounds and clusters of weathered sandstone pillars at the Lost City. Later you'll have the chance for a cool swim in picturesque rock pools. Litchfield National Park is a must see if you're in the Top End. Includes an early-morning cruise on the Adelaide River to meet a crocodile without a horde of onlookers spoiling the experience.

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    Litchfield and jumping crocs full day tour

    Cruise the Adelaide River, see the jumping crocs and discover the best of Litchfield National Park on this full-day tour from Darwin.

    (Optional AUD $187 Adult price)
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    DAY 9
    DARWIN

    About today:

    Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

    Explore Darwin at your own pace and enjoy dinner on the harbour

    Today you have a free day to explore Darwin. Experience everything the city has to offer with a hop-on hop-off bus experience; with two different routes, you'll see all the hit attractions and learn about the city's history. In the evening, relax with a spectacular dinner cruise along the Darwin Harbour.

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    DAY 10
    DARWIN

    About today:

    Darwin war memorial

    Explore Darwin at your own pace

    Explore the World War II sites of Darwin on a city sightseeing and cruise tour today. Visit the Darwin war memorial and East Point Military Precinct, and explore Darwin Military Museum to chart the city's wartime experience.

    Midway through you'll take a small-boat cruise around Darwin Harbour, passing the modern naval base and the remnants and wreck sites of Japan's devastating February 1942 air raids.

    Soak up the harbour views from your balcony
    Relax and cool down by the outdoor pool
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    4 nights accommodation in Darwin

    Spend 4 nights in the Northern Territory's exciting urban capital, Darwin. You'll be staying in central, harbour view accommodation with included breakfast.

    Activities:

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    Darwin Harbour dinner cruise

    'Charles Darwin' Sunset Dinner Cruise is a treat for the senses. The Territory-inspired banquet style dinner is perfect to share with your partner and/or friends.

    (Included)
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    DAY 11
    DARWIN - RETURN HOME

    About today:

    Get out and explore the city of Darwin

    Head home after an unforgettable experience

    <p>Spend your morning soaking up last minute experiences before your flight home.</p>

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Select package type:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from AUD $2,399pp twin-share [Save $1,292]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Cairns

    Gorgeous views of the ocean from your balcony

    A great base from which to explore the area

    Cairns is a modern and vibrant city and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Spend 2 nights staying right in the heart of the city.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.5 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Port Douglas

    Unique Mediterranean-styled resort in the perfect spot for your holiday

    Beautifully decorated accommodation in the heart of Port Douglas

    Spend 3 nights relaxing in the quiet coastal town of Port Douglas. You'll be staying in top-class accommodation on or near the main street (Macrossan Street).

    Example Property Type:
    Resort
    Minimum Standard:
    Gold standard

    About this

    Gold standard: Self/externally rated as 4 to 5 stars. Average guest rating 4.3 or higher with 70 to 80%+ 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very high standard of accommodation including luxury bedding options, top-class to luxury room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, high quality finishes and a wide range of facilities. Very high praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, surrounded by places of interest and offers an authentic local experience in design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Darwin

    Soak up the harbour views from your balcony

    Relax and cool down by the outdoor pool

    Spend 4 nights in the Northern Territory's exciting urban capital, Darwin. You'll be staying in central, harbour view accommodation with included breakfast.

    Example Property Type:
    Holiday Apartments
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Apartment

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Yes, a flight provision is included in this package. You can also use Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers at the rate of 1 per traveler to reduce the overall price. Flights prices vary from different starting points so the final price will be confirmed before you decide to proceed.

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we&#039;ll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in all destinations on the included itinerary. They will be hotel-style accommodation rated Silver or Gold standard. This means, very high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and very high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing.

    This tour includes multiple attractions where a guide will provide information to enhance your experience. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if preferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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